Everyone enjoys having their car look as beautiful as possible. Unfortunately, there are a number of common misconceptions about detailing a car which can have immediate to long last negative effects. We want to identify those misconceptions so you can look after your vehicle like a pro. 

Having your vehicle detailed is incredibly important. With that said, let’s make sure you are not wasting your time or undoing your good work by falling into any of these detailing myths.

Common Misconceptions

1. Shiny Paint Means Clean

This is an instance where your eyes can deceive you. Even if the paint looks shiny, the can might still be dirty. The best way to check is with a touch test. If the vehicle has bumps, then it is time for cleaning regardless of how shiny it is. A clean vehicle should be smooth to the touch. 

2. Wait Till the Car Is Filthy to Detail

The longer something is on your paint the more likely it is to cause permanent damage. Things like bug splatter, tar, and bird droppings can be extremely harmful to your paint. The chance of them causing permanent damage drastically increases as it sits for long periods of time.

3. Wax Lasts for Years

This is a very pervasive myth. Many vehicle owners believe they can wax every 5 years and have lasting protection. The truth is, wax is much more temporary. Typically, the wax will provide a few month’s worth of protection.

4. Remove Bad Odors With Air Fresheners

Air fresheners might add a pleasant aroma to the vehicle but they do not remove the cause of bad smells. Bad odors can be caused by a variety of reasons and often require a lot more intervention than hanging a little tree up.

5. Waxing and Polishing Are the Same

Many people use the terms waxing and polishing interchangeably or in unison. Waxing is adding a layer of protection to the paint of your vehicle. Polishing is taking action to remove minor imperfections. Do not expect one to do the job of the other.

6. Machine Polishing Damages Paint

Do not fall for this detailing myth! The tools used by professionals to polish your vehicle will not damage the paint. As long as you are trusting your detailing to trained professionals, there is nothing to worry about.

The Truth of Car Detailing

The truth is that there is a number of benefits to having your vehicle detailed. There is no reason to not feel like your car is ready to show off. By avoid these car cleaning myths, and following a few valuable tips and tricks, you can keep your vehicle looking brand new.

If you have fallen victim to some of the common misconceptions around car cleaning, then it might be time to hand it off to the professionals. Fill out our online form to get a quote or give us a call at 615-474-6779 to get your vehicle looking its best!